Increasing Employee Engagement for Continuous Improvement

by Craig Corsi, Lean Specialist One common challenge that many organizations face is the ability to sustain their continuous improvement efforts beyond their initial deployment. One reason for this is the belief that these initiatives must be driven from the…

Generational Diversity As a Competitive Edge

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor We frequently hear manufacturers discuss the inadequacy of the newest generation in our workforce. Something along the lines of: “They don’t have the work ethic we had. They don’t want to come to…

St Marys’ Manufacturers Practicing Improvement Kata

Another introduction to Improvement Kata was held yesterday with companies in the St Marys area. NWIRC’s Tom Weible, a TWI Institute Certified Kata Trainer, facilitated the 2-hour session to offer a glimpse at Improvement Kata- a lifelong skill that makes…

Tax Credit Seminar Scheduled for August

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), KIZ Resources, LLC, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP will present a Tax Credit Seminar on Wednesday, August 8 from 12-1:30pm. Experts will review details of a range of PA tax credits…

Keeping Pace with the Petrochemical Industry

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Watch out Gulf Coast! The Northeastern United States, including NW PA’s Appalachian Region, is a sleeping giant ready to awaken. For the next several years, the focus on the petrochemical industry is going to drastically…